Dti endorses recommendation to increase sugar import duties
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission’s recommendation to increase import duties for sugar. In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister agreed to the raising of import duties to US$680/ton. This follows an application launched by the South African Sugar Association (SASA) to... Read more
Jobs added in first quarter
In the first quarter of 2018 the total number of jobs increased by 56 000 from the previous quarter, bringing the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector to 9 838 000. According to the figures from the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) Survey, the formal sector jobs rose year-on-year... Read more
Task team to assist sugar industry
A Sugar Value Chain Task Team has been set-up to seek solutions facing the sugar industry. The establishment of the task team follows a meeting held at the Department of Trade and Industry’s (dti) premises on Monday. The meeting discussed challenges faced by the industry. “The Task Team is... Read more
International success for E Cape farm
You have to be a really hard nut to crack yourself, if you want to make it as a macadamia nut farmer, says Cowan Skelem, one of the leading people behind Ncera Macadamia Farming (NMF), near East London. For, the strongest determination, is what it takes to make it... Read more
Bulk infrastructure projects could push back Day Zero
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said interventions such as the bulk infrastructure projects and daily monitoring of dam levels could see “Day Zero” pushed back this year. “It could be pushed back this year as the department has interventions in place, which include six projects around bulk infrastructure... Read more
EL co-operative plans transition to commercialise
A hesitant entrant into the agricultural co-operative space, 54-year-old Zola Qontos is the last man standing of an initial group of 30 residents and their families who registered as farmers to till the land at a Mdantsane school. The Qontos Family Co-operative is now the only family remaining still... Read more
SA takes local flavour to the world
South African cuisine will tanatalise the taste buds of the world when local companies exhibit their products at the World Food Moscow 2017 Mockba in Russia. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will lead a group of 20 companies from the agro-processing industry to the exhibition that is... Read more
Agrarian reform key to inclusive economic growth
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says concerted action must be taken to speed up reforms in the agriculture sector so that more marginalised people can be brought into the mainstream economy. “It is productivity growth in agriculture that provides the food supply to meet the demands of urban growth and... Read more
50-50 policy upskilling farm workers
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says his department has entered into an agreement with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to help farm workers to become farm owners. The Minister said this when answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday.... Read more
Poultry market conditions improving
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says market conditions in the poultry industry appear to be improving. Answering questions at the National Assembly on Wednesday, the Minister said his department had not had further production closures or lay-offs in recent times following concerns that the sector was under threat... Read more